Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Friday, April 15, 2016

I dood it...

Well...after much deliberating and non-stop head-banging, I found a link to a video that actually helped me do what too many people were telling me could not be done -- shift a document from Word for Mac to a PDF with embedded fonts and still have its headers show. My savior is from Sweden, it seems.

Anyway, since I'm doing this in a 5.5x8.5 inch, first I had to set the document size to that, input the margins I wanted, make sure it was applied to ALL the document and not just one section, then go into Page Setup, Manage Custom Sizes and build and name a new setting.

Click the + to add a new setting, input the size you want -- like 5.5 by 8.5 -- then in the Non-Printable area make sure it's User Defined and everything is set to 0. Finally, click OK. Then open your printer and set the Default Paper Size to the same size paper. If you don't, it will put your 5.5x8.5 inch document into the middle of an 8.5x11 size PDF page.

Then you Save to PDF...and it comes out looking exactly like you want...after a half-dozen false starts. Except...for some reason mine's been saved in 2 parts -- the first 12 pages (being section 1) and the rest of the document. That isn't such a big deal for me; I can use the shop's Adobe setup to combine them...but I won't have that forever so I need to find a way around it. I can sort of do it and it looks good.


Michael Dodd said...

This is the sort of thing that drives me crazy until the solution appears. And then my question is always, why isn't this all explained in Help somewhere???? Surely I (and you) are not the only ones who need to be able to do this basic formatting task.

JamTheCat said...

You would think. But all I found for days on the internet was people telling me it can't be done in Word for Mac; that it was a quirk in the system. Well...guess they was wrong. Sweden done did it for us all.